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Masatoshi Nakayama

Masatoshi Nakayama (中山正敏 Nakayama Masatoshi, April 13, 1913 – April 15, 1987) was an internationally renowned Japanese master of Shotokan karate. He helped establish the Japan Karate Association (JKA) in 1949, and wrote many textbooks on karate, which served to popularize his martial art. For almost 40 years, until his death in 1987, Nakayama worked to spread Shotokan karate around the world. He …

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Shotokan Karate Legends

Karate Legends Series There are only a handful of men alive who can be credited with taking the Okinawan art form of Karate Master Gichin Funakoshi and contributing to the development of what we know today as traditional Japanese Karate With the passing of Taiji Kase Sensei in November of …

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The origin of karate dates back more than a thousand years. It is believed that karate evolved from a system of physical training exercises taught to monks at the Shaolin Monastery in northern China many centuries ago by a Buddhist monk of Indian descent, Daruma (Bodhidharma). These methods built up endurance …

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